30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants, 56099-56100 [2017-25490]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES applications (RFA) for the Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC) during FY18. The RDRC will consolidate the current RRC and DRC into a single program with a scope equivalent to the two current programs. These programs support ‘‘centers’’ at universities and other private research institutions. The centers organize experts from around the country to produce research on Social Security programs and related topics. Both programs consist of five-year agreements and both five-year cycles are set to end in FY 2018. RFAs for the current programs are archived at https:// www.ssa.gov/oag/grants/ssagrant_ archive.htm. This anticipated single program will address issues related to the SSI and RSDI programs. We intend to award five-year cooperative agreements to research centers of high merit that provide a comprehensive research program addressing issues in Social Security, retirement, and disability policy. This realignment in the research program will benefit the agency by increasing administrative efficiency and coordination. It may also provide greater flexibility for research centers; we will consider applications from research centers that provide both retirement and disability research as well as from smaller, specialized research centers (e.g., a center focused on issues relevant to the SSI program). For the anticipated RFA, the Grants Management Official (GMO) will use the policies in 2 CFR 200 in conjunction with the policies and procedures for solicitation, evaluation, and award prescribed in the Social Security Administration’s internal Grants Administration Manual. The project period for all cooperative agreements awarded will cover the timeframe of September 2018 through September 2023. Section 1110 of the Social Security Act authorizes the agency to conduct research through cooperative agreements. We will make awards using a competitive review and approval process subject to open and free competition. The following is an estimated timeline of actions associated with this program: Action Date* 1. Release of RFA package. 2. Notice of Intent Due Date (Optional). 3. Application Due Date .. 4. Anticipated Award(s) .. On or about February 2018. On or about April 2018. On or about May 2018. On or about September 2018. * Dates may change based upon administrative approval. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 The GMO will publish the agency’s RFA, along with any amendments, and relevant questions and answers, electronically through the governmentwide point of entry at www.grants.gov. Interested parties can sign up for notifications of funding opportunities at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/ manage-subscriptions.html. Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security. [FR Doc. 2017–25528 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10206] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of proposed collection of information. ACTION: The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for public comment. DATES: Submit comments directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) up to December 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: Direct comments to the Department of State Desk Officer in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). You may submit comments by the following methods: • Email: oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov. You must include the DS form number, information collection title, and the OMB control number in the subject line of your message. • Fax: 202–395–5806. Attention: Desk Officer for Department of State. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents to S. Taylor, who may be reached at PRA_Burdencomments@state.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Title of Information Collection: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants. • OMB Control Number: 1405–0226. • Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56099 • Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Office (CA/VO). • Form Number: DS–5535. • Respondents: Certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants worldwide who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism, national security-related, or other visa ineligibilities. • Estimated Number of Respondents: 70,500. • Estimated Number of Responses: 70,500. • Average Time per Response: 60 minutes. • Total Estimated Burden Time: 70,500 hours. • Frequency: Once per respondent’s application. • Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit. We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department. • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review. Abstract of Proposed Collection The Department proposes requesting the following information, if not already included in an application, from a subset of visa applicants worldwide, in order to more rigorously evaluate such applicants for terrorism, national security-related, or other visa ineligibilities: • Travel history during the last fifteen years, including source of funding for travel; • Address history during the last fifteen years; • Employment history during the last fifteen years; • All passport numbers and country of issuance held by the applicant; • Names and dates of birth for all siblings; • Name and dates of birth for all children; E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 56100 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Notices • Names and dates of birth for all current and former spouses, or civil or domestic partners; • Social media platforms and identifiers, also known as handles, used during the last five years; and • Phone numbers and email addresses used during the last five years. Regarding travel history, applicants may be requested to provide details of their international or domestic (within their country of nationality) travel, if it appears to the consular officer that the applicant has been in an area while the area was under the operational control of a terrorist organization as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B)(vi) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)(B)(vi). Applicants may be asked to recount or explain the details of their travel, and when possible, provide supporting documentation. This information collection continues implementation of the directive of the President, in the Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security of March 6, 2017, to implement additional protocols and procedures focused on ‘‘ensur[ing] the proper collection of all information necessary to rigorously evaluate all grounds of inadmissibility or deportability, or grounds for the denial of other immigration benefits.’’ In substance, this proposed collection is the same as the collection that was requested through the emergency procedures in May 2017. The emergency approval limited the collection to a temporary six month approval, and these materials seek to extend that approval for three years. Consular posts worldwide regularly engage with U.S. law enforcement and partners in the U.S. intelligence community to identify characteristics of applicant populations warranting increased scrutiny. The additional information collected will facilitate consular officer efforts to apply more rigorous evaluation of these applicants for visa ineligibilities. In accordance with existing authorities, visas may not be denied on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, political views, gender, or sexual orientation. Based upon the data since this collection began implementation in May 2017, the Department estimates that 70,500 applicants annually will be requested to respond to this collection. The Department bases this estimate on the fact that consular officers worldwide asked an approximately 25,000 applicants questions contained in this information collection between May 2017 and October 2, 2017. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 Failure to provide requested information will not necessarily result in visa denial, if the consular officer determines the applicant has provided a credible explanation why he or she cannot answer a question or provide requested supporting documentation, such that the consular officer is able to conclude that the applicant has provided adequate information to determine the applicant’s eligibility to receive the visa. The collection of social media platforms and identifiers will not be used to deny visas based on applicants’ race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, political views, gender, or sexual orientation. Methodology Department of State consular officers at visa-adjudicating posts worldwide will ask the proposed additional questions to resolve questions about an applicant’s identity or to vet for terrorism, national security-related, or other visa ineligibilities when the consular officer determines that the circumstances of a visa applicant, a review of a visa application, or responses in a visa interview indicate a need for greater scrutiny. The additional questions may be sent electronically to the applicant or be presented orally or in writing at the time of the interview. Consular officers will be mindful that, unlike some other forms of personal information required from visa applicants, social media identifiers may afford the user anonymity. Posts will assess their respective operating environments and collect the social media identifier information from applicants in a manner that best safeguards its transmission from applicant to post. In furtherance of this collection, consular officers are directed not to request user passwords; engage or interact with individual visa applicants on or through social media when conducting assessments of visa eligibility; not to violate or attempt to violate individual privacy settings or controls; and not to use social media or assess an individual’s social media presence beyond established Department guidance. Consular staff are also directed in connection with this collection to take particular care to avoid collection of third-party information when conducting any social media reviews. Edward Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10211] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) In accordance with section 6(j)(1) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2405(j)), and as continued in effect by Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001, section 620A(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87–195, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2371(c)), and section 40(f) of the Arms Export Control Act, Public Law 90–629, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2780(f)), I hereby determine that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. This notice shall be published in the Federal Register. Dated: November 17, 2017. Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State. [FR Doc. 2017–25547 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–AD–P STATE JUSTICE INSTITUTE SJI Board of Directors Meeting, Notice AGENCY: ACTION: State Justice Institute. Notice of meeting. The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at SJI Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 1st quarter of FY 2018, and other business. All portions of this meeting are open to the public. SUMMARY: State Justice Institute Headquarters, 11951 Freedom Drive, Suite 1020, Reston, Virginia 20190. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Mattiello, Executive Director, State Justice Institute, 11951 Freedom Drive, Suite 1020, Reston, VA 20190, 571–313–8843, contact@sji.gov. Jonathan D. Mattiello, Executive Director. [FR Doc. 2017–25534 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P [FR Doc. 2017–25490 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice: 10206]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental 
Questions for Visa Applicants

ACTION: Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of 
proposed collection of information.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State has submitted the information 
collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we 
are requesting comments on this collection from all interested 
individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 
30 days for public comment.

DATES: Submit comments directly to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) up to December 27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Direct comments to the Department of State Desk Officer in 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB). You may submit comments by the following 
methods:
     Email: oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. You must include the 
DS form number, information collection title, and the OMB control 
number in the subject line of your message.
     Fax: 202-395-5806. Attention: Desk Officer for Department 
of State.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional 
information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including 
requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and 
supporting documents to S. Taylor, who may be reached at 
PRA_Burdencomments@state.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
     Title of Information Collection: Supplemental Questions 
for Visa Applicants.
     OMB Control Number: 1405-0226.
     Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved 
Collection.
     Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa 
Office (CA/VO).
     Form Number: DS-5535.
     Respondents: Certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa 
applicants worldwide who have been determined to warrant additional 
scrutiny in connection with terrorism, national security-related, or 
other visa ineligibilities.
     Estimated Number of Respondents: 70,500.
     Estimated Number of Responses: 70,500.
     Average Time per Response: 60 minutes.
     Total Estimated Burden Time: 70,500 hours.
     Frequency: Once per respondent's application.
     Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a 
Benefit.
    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to:
     Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
     Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost 
burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used.
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected.
     Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are 
public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you 
should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your 
personal information, will be available for public review.

Abstract of Proposed Collection

    The Department proposes requesting the following information, if 
not already included in an application, from a subset of visa 
applicants worldwide, in order to more rigorously evaluate such 
applicants for terrorism, national security-related, or other visa 
ineligibilities:
     Travel history during the last fifteen years, including 
source of funding for travel;
     Address history during the last fifteen years;
     Employment history during the last fifteen years;
     All passport numbers and country of issuance held by the 
applicant;
     Names and dates of birth for all siblings;
     Name and dates of birth for all children;

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     Names and dates of birth for all current and former 
spouses, or civil or domestic partners;
     Social media platforms and identifiers, also known as 
handles, used during the last five years; and
     Phone numbers and email addresses used during the last 
five years.
    Regarding travel history, applicants may be requested to provide 
details of their international or domestic (within their country of 
nationality) travel, if it appears to the consular officer that the 
applicant has been in an area while the area was under the operational 
control of a terrorist organization as defined in section 
212(a)(3)(B)(vi) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 
1182(a)(3)(B)(vi). Applicants may be asked to recount or explain the 
details of their travel, and when possible, provide supporting 
documentation.
    This information collection continues implementation of the 
directive of the President, in the Memorandum for the Secretary of 
State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security of 
March 6, 2017, to implement additional protocols and procedures focused 
on ``ensur[ing] the proper collection of all information necessary to 
rigorously evaluate all grounds of inadmissibility or deportability, or 
grounds for the denial of other immigration benefits.'' In substance, 
this proposed collection is the same as the collection that was 
requested through the emergency procedures in May 2017. The emergency 
approval limited the collection to a temporary six month approval, and 
these materials seek to extend that approval for three years. Consular 
posts worldwide regularly engage with U.S. law enforcement and partners 
in the U.S. intelligence community to identify characteristics of 
applicant populations warranting increased scrutiny. The additional 
information collected will facilitate consular officer efforts to apply 
more rigorous evaluation of these applicants for visa ineligibilities. 
In accordance with existing authorities, visas may not be denied on the 
basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, political views, 
gender, or sexual orientation.
    Based upon the data since this collection began implementation in 
May 2017, the Department estimates that 70,500 applicants annually will 
be requested to respond to this collection. The Department bases this 
estimate on the fact that consular officers worldwide asked an 
approximately 25,000 applicants questions contained in this information 
collection between May 2017 and October 2, 2017.
    Failure to provide requested information will not necessarily 
result in visa denial, if the consular officer determines the applicant 
has provided a credible explanation why he or she cannot answer a 
question or provide requested supporting documentation, such that the 
consular officer is able to conclude that the applicant has provided 
adequate information to determine the applicant's eligibility to 
receive the visa. The collection of social media platforms and 
identifiers will not be used to deny visas based on applicants' race, 
religion, ethnicity, national origin, political views, gender, or 
sexual orientation.

Methodology

    Department of State consular officers at visa-adjudicating posts 
worldwide will ask the proposed additional questions to resolve 
questions about an applicant's identity or to vet for terrorism, 
national security-related, or other visa ineligibilities when the 
consular officer determines that the circumstances of a visa applicant, 
a review of a visa application, or responses in a visa interview 
indicate a need for greater scrutiny. The additional questions may be 
sent electronically to the applicant or be presented orally or in 
writing at the time of the interview. Consular officers will be mindful 
that, unlike some other forms of personal information required from 
visa applicants, social media identifiers may afford the user 
anonymity. Posts will assess their respective operating environments 
and collect the social media identifier information from applicants in 
a manner that best safeguards its transmission from applicant to post. 
In furtherance of this collection, consular officers are directed not 
to request user passwords; engage or interact with individual visa 
applicants on or through social media when conducting assessments of 
visa eligibility; not to violate or attempt to violate individual 
privacy settings or controls; and not to use social media or assess an 
individual's social media presence beyond established Department 
guidance. Consular staff are also directed in connection with this 
collection to take particular care to avoid collection of third-party 
information when conducting any social media reviews.

Edward Ramotowski,
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of 
State.
[FR Doc. 2017-25490 Filed 11-24-17; 8:45 am]
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